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WHY MOVEMENT SOMETIMES MEANS SLOWING DOWN

 

As the temperature drops and days get shorter, our bodies naturally want to slow down a little more and enjoy more peaceful evenings. It’s always important to listen to your body; so sit back, take a breath, and reflect on any stressors in your life that you can reduce or change.

 

Here are four ways to help you slow down this winter:

 

FIND TIME TO RELAX

We always hear about having some ‘me time’, but how often do you actually do it? Block out a few hours in your calendar and make the effort to unwind. This may be watching your favourite Christmas film, reading a book, journaling, enjoying a bath and your skincare routine, or doing a creative hobby.

 

DON’T ADD ANYTHING NEW TO YOUR PLATE

This holiday season is usually busy enough as it is, with socialising, Christmas parties, gift-giving and everything in between, if you start adding new projects or pressures on top, it can become a very stressful time of year. Make sure you set some boundaries and can still fit in time for yourself.

 

FOCUS ON WHAT’S IMPORTANT

Which brings us nicely onto our next point, and focusing on what is important to you. Have priorities and don’t feel guilty; it’s okay to be a little selfish and say no to things that don’t bring you fulfillment or joy. 

 

LET NATURE GROUND YOU

Even though it may be colder, going for a walk in fresh air can do wonders for your mind and body. Natural settings have been proven to have a calming effect on the brain, so prepare a comforting hot drink, wrap up warm and head outside.

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